Surviving your First Academic Conference

12 August 2014, 02:31 pm

Attending your first conference as a PhD student can be daunting for anyone. Dr. Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University and editor of The Thesis Whisperer, a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing your thesis, has kindly shared some advice on how to approach your first research conference. The Thesis…

Evaluating the Peer Review Process

21 July 2014, 10:59 am

The peer review process plays an essential role in almost every academic conference. We’ve spoken about the peer review process on numerous occasions on our blog, but we wanted to get the opinion of someone who reviews abstracts on a regular basis. Scott Eacott has kindly given us insight on his thought about peer review….

Using Technology to Create an Event Experience

1 July 2014, 09:49 am

Research conferences are not just about the presentations given, they’re about the whole event experience. Technology can play an integral part in heightening this experience. We recently spoke to J. Damany Daniel, the Chief Imaginator at The Event Nerd, who is a self confessed technology nerd. In 2012, the Special Events Magazine recognised his prowess in…

Is Peer Review Productive?

30 June 2014, 03:41 pm

Peer review is the evaluation of an abstract or paper by work by other people with a competence on the topic in the same field of research. It is usually either single-blind reviewed, double-blind reviewed or open reviewed. Every reviewer commits to provide timely and detailed feedback for authors. The main goal of peer reviewing is to increase the…

Are Research Conferences Embracing Technology?

26 June 2014, 01:00 pm

When it comes to academic conferences, the general consensus is they are more reluctant to change compared to the general events industry. Some practices have been in place for decades. While technology is not necessarily a new phenomenon, the conference industry has not been known for embracing a lot of change. The question is, is…

Funding a Conference Trip for Early Career Researchers

23 June 2014, 02:50 pm

Trying to get funding for a trip to a conference is not easy, especially if you’re an early career researcher. We wondered what conference committees could do to ease the financial burden on these researchers. Tseen Khoo (TLK) and Jonathan O’Donnell (JOD), who form the gestalt entity, the Research Whisperer, have kindly helped to shed some light…

Should the conference committee thank reviewers?

17 June 2014, 02:55 pm

The reviewing stage is fundamental to any conference. Without reviewing, there won’t be any good feedback loops, and without feedback loops, research communities cannot develop and improve. Reviewers are one of the hardest working groups of people behind the scenes at a conference, but do they get the recognition they deserve? More importantly, do they…

Mobile apps to aid conference networking

16 June 2014, 11:32 am

Networking at a conference is one of the most difficult aspects of attending a conference for many. It’s difficult to approach someone you’ve never spoken to and try to start a conversation. The growth in technology has helped this process somewhat with mobile apps. Here are some of the most popular mobile apps to help…

Spring Cleaning your mailing list

10 June 2014, 01:25 pm

Before sending out your Call for Papers (CFP), you need to have a mailing list you can actually send the email to (the other option is promote via Conference Announcements sites). The best place to start is with the database of emails from the previous years conference. While this is the most up-to-date list to have,…